The Best Curly Girl Approved Shampoos & A Washing Guide

Hey curlies, I heard about Curly Girl Approved Shampoos a while ago and decided to give extra attention to it, just because I have been very tired of trying to tame my frizzy and dry hair with no success. 

I think you too will love the concept, so today we are gonna chit-chat a Lil more about the curly girl method and review our Top 3 Approved Shampoos. 

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Our Top 3 Curly Girl Approved Shampoos 

  1. Shampoo 1 ACURE Ultra Hydrating Shampoo 
  2. Shampoo 2 Shea moisture coconut & hibiscus curl & shine shampoo
  3. Shampoo 3 Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner for Deeper Moisturizing Calms Frizz, Curly Hair Wash & Go, Co Wash, Detangles, Sulfate Free, No Parabens, Color Safe

Acure Ultra Hydrating Shampoo

Our first Curly Girl Approved Shampoo is the Ultra hydrating shampoos are great for curly hair, as we need an extra dose of care to maintain our natural oleosity. They will also be very important to prep your hair to receive a hydration, nutritional or restorative mask.

I always use the hydration shampoo and love it. Any curly hair will benefit from it, as hydration doesn’t harm, but if you have very dry hair, I strongly recommend you to go for it.

The Acure Ultra Hydrating shampoo is extremely moisturizing and a good thing is that it’s organic. 

It has pumpkin oil, full of fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that will help maintain the cell structure of the hair and retain moisture.

Pumpkin oil is also anti bactericidal, helps prevent irritation on your scalp and may say that this is good as well to prevent hair loss and promotes hair growth.

It also contains Argan oil (if you have ever read my hair articles you know I’m truly in love with argan oil).

Argan oil moisturizes and conditions the hair. If you don’t know, it is rich in vitamin E which will prevent hair dryness and reduce frizz.

You can use this shampoo if you have normal hair, but it will be a very good product as well for dry and even damaged hair. The results will be more shine and elasticity, less frizz and you happier.  

Note: The Acure Ultra Hydrating shampoo is vegan, cruelty-free (which we love!

Now, as you might have expected, the Acure Ultra Hydrating shampoo is paraben free, sulfate free, mineral oil free, petrolatum free and formaldehyde free.

How to use the Acure Ultra Hydrating shampoo?

Apply the shampoo to wet hair (I always like to dilute a little with water) and massage. It is always good to sit the shampoo in the hair and wait 2 to 3 minutes to rinse it out completely  (Keep on reading to check more tips to wash curly hair down below) 

Curly Girl Approved Shampoo Highlights

Overall I liked this shampoo.I have tried many other natural shampoos and I think this is one of the best, and doesn’t give you a greasy result.

I have very dry natural curly hair and really need something that I can rely on, especially those days where I do not style my hair with the straightener.

Just a side note here, I know that I would not rely on shampoo alone, because for my hair, if I only shampoo without using hair masks, it will not work very well.

So every time I shampoo my hair I give it some sort of hair mask, even if it is a homemade mask, but I never shampoo and go. 

That being said, after shampooing my hair, I used a hair mask and I thought it worked out as a good combination.

  • Help maintain the cell structure of the hair and retain moisture
  • Helps prevent irritation on your scalp and may say that this is good as well to prevent Hair loss and promotes hair growth.
  • Prevent hair dryness and reduce the frizz
  • Is vegan, cruelty-free
  • Is paraben free, sulfate free, mineral oil free, petrolatum free and formaldehyde free

2. Shea moisture coconut & hibiscus curl & shine shampoo

I bought our second curly girl approved Shampoo last summer and it was actually very nice. I totally liked how it reduced frizz and made my hair soft.

It was developed especially to manage messy curls, and I can agree with it. Hair gets shiny and very manageable. 

Now, as you might already know, it is sulfate free and packed with natural and organic ingredients, so it’s a nice option for curlies.

With organic shea butter in the composition, which is very moisturising, retains the oleosity and great helper on hair growth, softens the frizz, leaves it more manageable, and restores shine.

Another ingredient I love is coconut oil, that I normally use a lot and works wonders for me. So I really appreciated that it has coconut oil in it.

If you have split ends you will love it. Having hibiscus flowers in its composition that will strengthen your hair, reducing breakages and split ends.

Silk protein will help the hair look silky and soft. In conjunction with Neem oil, the hair will feel restored and brilliant. This is a good and gentle alternative to traditional shampoos in my opinion.

Curly Girl Approved Shampoo Highlights

  • Manage messy curls
  • Reduced frizz and made my hair soft
  • Is very moisturising
  • Helper on hair growth
  • Sulfate free
  • Organic 

3. Giovanni Smooth as Silk Shampoo, Deep Moisturizing, Hydrates Smooths & Calms Frizz, Curly Hair Wash & Go, Co Wash, Detangles

The Giovanni Smooth shampoo is another curly girl approved shampoo that I love. It is very moisturizing, and makes my hair feel deeply nourished.

Now, once again I have to say that in my opinion, or even better saying, for my hair, shampoo alone will not make it wow me but definitely, the better the shampoo, the better it works together with the hair mask of my choice. 

The Giovanni Smooth Silk shampoo is very indicated for us curlies, not only for natural hair, but also for chemically processed hair.

In its composition, there is apple and Aloe extracts. The aloe extracts benefits I have known since ages ago and I love it for my hair. 

Curly Girl Approved Shampoo Highlights

  • Is very moisturizing
  • Hair Feels deeply Moist
  • Sulfate Free
  • Alleviate frizz

What Is The Curly Girl Method?

If we talk about the Curly Girl Approved Shampoos, we need to give you a quick recap of what it the curly girl method.

Developed by Lorraine Massey, and documented on her best-selling book Curly Girl: The Handbook, the curly girl method combines a series of tips, how tos and tons of instructions on how to treat your curly hair.

Along with the indication and descriptions of what type of products you should use to have  smoother and healthier hair, I can say The curly girl method (curly guys are welcome too), is a lifestyle that we can adopt in order to take care of our curls.

This method includes simple changes in your hair care routine such as saying goodbye to clarifying shampoos with sulfates, using your fingers to comb your hair (instead of actual combs) and a bunch of other interesting and efficient ways to get better hair. 

How To Choose The Curly Girl Approved Shampoo?

This is true that some shampoos will work for all hair types, but in the case of curly hair, it is better to pay extra attention to choose shampoos that are free from specific ingredients. 

As a rule of thumb, these shampoos must be sulfate-free but there are a few :

  1. Avoid shampoos with sulphate
  2. Avoid Shampoos With Drying Alcohols
  3. Use A Silicone Free Shampoo
  4. Choose Paraben-Free Shampoos

1. Avoid shampoos with sulphates. Here’s Why.

It is common to hear that sulphates shampoos are a big no no to the hair (especially for our curly hair). But what is really going on and why should we avoid them?

First of all, just for the record and in case you don’t know, sulfate is the guy that will cause shampoos to foam and lather. 

I like to say it gives us the sensation during the washing process, that we’re actually cleaning it. And that’s it.

Sulfate Is responsive to unite oil and water and facilitates the dirty to be washed out from hair (or skin), giving a foamy finalisation of the liquids we use in our shower. 

That being said sulfates are considered detergents in our shampoos, and will add a foamy lather that wash away dirty and oils from our hair, leaving it clean and fresh.

Then if sulfates are actually going to leave our hairs clean, what is the problem with it? In short, sulfates can be very abrasive and will wash away all oils and is known to dry the hair. 

If your hair is curly, you know too well how difficult it is to curly hair to retain natural oils. A normal shampoo with sulfate can easily lump your hair oileosity and leave it frizzy. If you have sensitive skin or scalp, it can cause irritations.  

In a nutshell sulfates are actually safe and I am sure there are hairs out there that will not be sensitive to them. However, we as curlies know our hair doesn’t retain oleosity that easily and using a normal shampoo will make our hair feel dry and frizzy.

What’s the solution? Well, the ideal is to avoid sulfate (period). Depending on your curl type, it might be ok for you to go for LOW or NO sulfate at all. I personally recommend you go sulfate free.

2. Avoid Shampoos With Drying Alcohols  

Not all hair products with alcohol are bad for your hair, but avoiding certain products with some types of alcohols can be very useful in the maraton of keeping the oils of your curly hair.  

The reason why an alcohol-free shampoo is a better option for curly hair, is because these types of shampoo are more moisturizing. So if you have dry and frizz prone hair, this should be a good option.

That being said, if your hair is getting dry and frizzy, an alcohol free shampoo can add more moisture and a gentle cleansing. 

3. Use A Silicone Free Shampoo

Silicone was very used before. I remember how I used to use these serums with silicone and I didn’t know this was actually a bad idea. Here’s why:

Silicone will seal your hair creating something like a layer around it. This layer will prevent moisture from penetrating deeper, which can eventually cause dryness.

Silicone definitely is a no no for curly hair, as this ‘layer’ that I mentioned, will create a false impression that your hair is healthier for a while, but in fact, after a period of application, hair can become heavy and worse than it was before.

One good idea is to choose a silicone-free shampoo, SLS free, which will let your hair be healthier, shinier and ready to receive moisturizing without major problems.

4. Choose Paraben-Free Shampoos

Paraben is a preservative used to extend  the life of the shampoo. It will help prevent fungus and bacterias so it is not a terrible thing, as It has been being used as a preservative for years.

The problem with paraben is that now it is known that parabens can be harsh on scalp and cause irritation and allergy.

One tip is to choose paraben-free shampoos and another tip is to use your products with moderation and swap products from time to time.

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